Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Remember that song Lodi from Creedence Clearwater Revivial?

This is a guest post for the Random Acts of Kindness Blogfest.

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Remember that song Lodi from Creedence Clearwater Revivial? 

By Thomas M. Sullivan

“Oh Lord!, Stuck in Lodi again.”

Well, it seems that John Fogerty just didn’t run into the right stranger. If he did, things might’ve turned out differently.

An online news magazine recently wrote a story about a kid from Lodi, California who was raising money for a ski trip with friends. He was going door-to-door selling newspaper subscriptions to raise money for a ski trip with his friends. So he knocked on a door and a woman answered.

The woman he encountered was a pharmacy tech who was out of work. She was close to becoming homeless. She described her situation to the kid to explain why she couldn’t afford to help fund his trip.

Did the kid just leave and knock on the next door? Nope, he offered to give the lady the money he had raised so far.

This kid is fourteen. Maybe it’s time to skip the elders and start learning from our juniors.

The woman declined the offer, but had this to say: 'Seeing on the news how badly people treat one another, my faith in humanity was restored. If kids like this are still around, it gives me hope.”

And that’s why I think we need more acts like this. We all need hope, especially when we’re feeling down.

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  1. What a terrific kid. I've spent 29 years teaching middle school, and I can attest there are more out there like him. I wish the spotlight shone on deeds like this more brightly.

  2. Many great kids out there for sure, before adulthood ruins them with all its crap

  3. That is beautiful! I would love to encounter children of this caliber!
    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)

  4. Great sotry. I think there's a lot more kindness in the world than we realize because that's not what they show on the news. But everywhere, everyday, people are helping others. We just need to look for it.

  5. What a kind hearted kid! Thanks for sharing the story!